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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

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Doctors to Reduce Sedation for Former Pres. Shimon Peres

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres remains in serious but stable condition, following the stroke he suffered last Tuesday, and his condition “is unchanged,” doctors said Sunday.

Another CT scan was carried out at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center along with an additional set of neurological examinations on Peres.

Following the tests, the medical team decided to gradually reduce the amount of respiratory support, and the level of sedation being given to Israel’s ninth president.

Peres appears aware and responsive at the times when he’s less sedated, according to his personal physician and son-in-law, Professor Rafi Walden, who is also the deputy director of the medical center.

Incumbent President Reuven Rivlin made a bikur holim visit to the hospital Saturday night after the end of the Sabbath to pay his respects and offer support to the family and to the medical staff treating his predecessor and colleague.

The medical team has said doctors will continue to evaluate and monitor the former president’s condition as treatment continues. His name for continued prayers is Shimon ben Sara.

Hana Levi Julian

Peres Gets Prayers and Personal Wishes for Recovery from Pope and Trump

Friday, September 16th, 2016

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has joined the voices of those sending warm wishes for a speedy recovery to former President Shimon Peres.

The 93-year-old elder statesman suffered a major stroke earlier this week and is hospitalized at Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv.

In his letter, Trump wished Peres a speedy recovery, praising his achievements.

“You are among the last of a generation of leaders who fought for the right of the Jewish people t o shape their own destiny and your legacy stands tall,” the letter said, according to a Peres staff member.

Pope Francis also sent warm wishes, praying for the strength of the family and for a full recovery, according to a statement from the Peres Peace Center.

Prof. Rafi Walden, personal physician and the former president’s son-in-law, said Thursday “there is another real improvement today,” adding he “squeezes the hand and he moves his legs. Definitely these are indications that he is listening and is responsive to our calls.”

Nevertheless, doctors caution that Peres still remains on a respirator to assist him with breathing, and is still at risk. His condition is listed as serious but stable.

Others who have called the Center to inquire about his status include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russia’s Presidente Vladimir Putin and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Hana Levi Julian

Slow Improvement in Medical Condition of Former President Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

by Jonathan Benedek The medical condition of former Israeli President Shimon Peres has improved to the level where he is stable and responsive, according to the most recent update from Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, where he is receiving care.

“After 24 hours of evaluating the ninth president, Mr. Peres, I can say that he is still in fairly serious condition, but that he is stable and that we are seeing some improvement,” said Sheba Medical Center Director Professor Yitzhak Kreiss.

“I am pleased to say that he understands what is being said to him, is responsive, and even warmly squeezed my hand,” added Peres’s personal physician and son-in-law Professor Rafi Walden. “We are impressed by the way that his recognition capability has improved considerably in the last few hours.”

Peres was sedated Tuesday night to faciliate care by his medical team; his condition improved Wednesday to the point that the doctors began to reduce the dose of anesthetic medications.

“We are trying to reduce some of the sedation in order to evaluate him and that is a good sign,” Kreiss added. “We will continue to evaluate him in the neurosurgery intensive care unit.”

Although Peres is stable, he will remain sedated and on a respirator in order to prevent his condition from deteriorating.

“We will continue to sedate him in order to ease his breathing and prevent him from getting upset about things that are happening around him, that could raise his blood pressure more than it is neurologically necessary,” explained Walden. “The very mild anesthesia allows him to rest completely and provides optimal conditions for his brain to recover.”

Peres’s son-in-law also took the opportunity to express gratitude not only to Sheba Medical Center, but to all those who have sent warm wishes and have prayed for a speedy recovery.

“As his family’s representative and a member of the staff at Sheba Medical Center, we are extremely grateful for the excellent treatment he is receiving, along with the tremendous waves of love that are being sent to us from around the country and around the world,” said Walden.

“The positive attention and well wishes that we are receiving help to strengthen the family in these difficult times and show that we are not alone.”

The name of the former president for those who wish to include it in prayers is Shimon ben Sara.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Father of IDF Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, z’l, Dies Waiting for Son’s Body

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Herzl Shaul, the father of IDF Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, z’l, has passed away 10 months after a hard-fought battle of his own with a difficult illness.

The elder Shaul has spent the past two years fighting for the return of his son’s remains from captivity by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, but earlier this year he was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine.

The soldier’s father was treated for the disease at Poriya Medical Center in Tiberias and at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, a global leader in the treatment of cancer, but the disease metastisized. Within the year Herzl Shaul lost 25 kilograms, more than 50 pounds.

This past week he gave up his fight for his son’s remains, as his own fight for life intensified. He was moved to Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv, with the Defense Minister providing accommodations for his wife near the hospital in order for her to remain close to her husband.

Shaul was initially believed to be missing. The six other soldiers inside his armored personnel carrier (APC) were killed. But the evidence gathered from the scene led investigators to the conclusion that the 20-year-old soldier had died in the July 20, 2014 battle during Operation Protection Edge. The terrorists who attacked his Givati Brigades unit stole his body to hold him hostage as a bargaining chip with Israel.

The younger Shaul was subsequently declared by the IDF Chief Rabbi to be a soldier who died but whose burial place is unknown. His family sat shiva, but later requested the IDF designate him as a soldier “missing in action,” which it did.

Herzl and Zehava Shaul for months led a daily vigil outside the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, pressuring the government to bring back the body of their son.

Netanyahu and his wife Sara expressed their condolences to the family on Friday. “In our meetings with Herzl we saw a strong man who devoted all his time and energy toward his health and efforts to return the body of his late son,” the prime minister said, adding a vow that Israel would not fail to retrieve Oron’s remains.

“The Defense Ministry and the people of Israel bow their heads in sorrow at the death of Herzl, of blessed memory,” said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in his statement. I met with Herzl about a month ago. [He] did everything in his power to return his late son Oron and I am saddened he did not achieve this before he died. The Israeli government is committed to returning the bodies of Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul and Lieutenant Hadar Goldin of blessed memory and bringing them to Israel for burial.”

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot paid tribute to the elder Shaul as well, saying he had pledged to keep fighting to return the bodies of both his son and Goldin. “Herzl was the head of an exemplary family,” he said in a statement.

“I send a strong embrace to [his wife] Zehava and the family at this difficult time. I met Herzl for the last time a week ago, and I promised him that we will continue to do everything we can to bring Oron and Hadar home, to be laid to rest in Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

Soldier from Dolev Attack Awakens

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Matan Rutger (20), the IDF soldier who was seriously injured in the ramming terrorist attack in Dolev last week awakened from his coma over the weekend. He was taken off the respirator, according to a report in Yisrael Hayom.

Rutgetr is being treated in the ICU and is still listed in serious condition at Tel Hashomer hospital.

Matan Rutger completely remembers the attack and cursed the terrorist who injured him and his fellow soldiers.

Jewish Press News Briefs

‘Thousands’ at Funeral for Car-Ramming Terrorist

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Thousands of Arabs attended the funeral of the car-ramming terrorist who deliberately ran over three IDF soldiers on Tuesday at the HaParsa Junction near the Jewish community of Dolev, according to Arab media.

The terrorist who struck the three soldiers, 36-year-old Riyad Shehada, was shot and killed by other soldiers nearby.  Shehada, a resident of Qalandiya, was living temporarily in Beitunia, according to local sources.

The packed funeral procession began at the Ramallah governmental hospital and made its way to the Shehada family home in Beitunia, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “Following final farewells, his body was taken to a mosque in Qalandiya… for funeral prayers,” Ma’an reported.

The three soldiers who were hit by the terrorist were targeted as they were conducting an unannounced security check on vehicles at the entrance to the Arab city of Beitunia, a suburb of Ramallah.

Weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that bodies of Arabs who were killed during terror attacks against Israelis would not be released to their families or to the Palestinian Authority.

He explained at the time that the large funerals that followed such returns had become major incitement and recruitment ceremonies to encourage further terror attacks.

Shortly after, however, Israeli media learned the body of a terrorist had been returned to a family in the Palestinian Authority. After numerous calls to various ministries, the IDF and police, JewishPress.com was told “it was a mistake.” Other media were told the same.

Earlier this week, the prime minister’s office released a statement that the return of the terrorist’s body was carried out per the exclusive decision of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The PMO said in the statement the discretionary power over this issue had been restored to the defense minister on Sunday.

One of the Kefir Brigade soldiers hit by the terrorist is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Tel Hashomer Medical Center’s Sheba Hospital. He is in very serious condition, currently on life-support.

The two others are hospitalized in fair condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

 

Hana Levi Julian

Peres Still Hospitalized After Chest Pains Return

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres remains hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Medical Center after being rushed back Sunday night (Jan. 24) in response to another round of chest pains.

Paramedics dispatched to his home Sunday night found he again was experiencing cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr. Rafi Walden, his personal physician and son-in-law, told Galei Tzahal Army Radio the 92-year-old elder statesman’s heart rate has returned to normal. But it’s not clear when he will be released.

The incident was an echo of a similar experience that took place on January 14, when Peres was taken to the same hospital with chest pains.

During that visit doctors performed an angiogram and discovered a narrowed artery had caused the elder statesman to suffer a mild heart attack.

Within hours Peres underwent cardiac catheterization and then remained for further tests and observation for the next five days.

Hana Levi Julian

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